All-Pakistan Football Challenge Cup: Mansoor the hero as PAF reach semi-final

Scores match’s only goal as side defeats KRL 1-0

Natasha Raheel October 16, 2016

KARACHI: PAF defeated four-time Pakistan Premier Football League (PPFL) champions KRL 1-0 in the quarter-finals of the All-Pakistan Football Challenge Cup at the Qayyum Stadium in Peshawar yesterday.

Both teams played a goalless first half before PAF’s Mansoor Khan scored the winner in the 53rd minute to set up a semi-final clash with Islamabad, who had defeated PTV 2-0 earlier in the day.

PAF manager Arshad Khan was delighted with the team’s performance. “It was a great match,” Arshad told The Express Tribune. “I’m happy that we’re through as it was an extremely difficult game; KRL, winners of the 2015 Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) Challenge Cup, are not an easy side to beat.”

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Arshad, meanwhile, hailed the organisers of the tournament saying that the event has been a way for the departmental teams to play some football, something they have been deprived of since last year when political infighting broke out within the PFF leading to all football-related activities being halted.

Arshad was also pleased with the support the Peshawar crowd gave. “We are happy to play in Peshawar because it has been more than a decade or so since departmental teams played here. The crowd was very supportive and came out in numbers to watch the matches,” said Arshad.

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In today’s fixture, Wapda take on 2014-15 PPFL champions K-Electric in the last quarter-final of the tournament. The winner of the match will take on former national champions PIA, who defeated Police 3-2, in the semi-final.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2016.

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